MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - A township man was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a Rio Grande motel resident in the stomach.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said Michael Shelton, 51, stabbed Patrick Gimmillaro, 26, once in the stomach during an argument 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the Shelton Motel on the 1400 block of Route 47 in Rio Grande.

Gimmilllaro also was a resident at the hotel where he stayed in room 103. Shelton stayed in room 107.

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The victim was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division, where he was admitted into the intensive-care unit where he was expected to recover.

Shelton was charged with aggravated assault, attempted murder and weapons charges. He was lodged Monday at the Cape May County jail on $150,000 bail.

If convicted, Shelton faces up to 20 years in state prison.

Employees at the hotel declined to answer questions Monday about the stabbing.



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